2008 Pan-Pacific Championship

The 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship is the inaugural edition of the Pan-Pacific Championship football competition which took place on February 20 and February 23 in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring teams from Japan's J. League, United States Major League Soccer (MLS) and the A League of Australia and New Zealand.

For the 2008 tournament, the A-League was not represented by the champion team but instead by the loser of the minor semi-final. This is due to a scheduling conflict with the Grand Final on February 24, which was moved back so as not to interfere with Australia's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.

The 2008 tournament also features Gamba Osaka of the J. League, which were the 2007 J. League Cup champion, and Major League Soccer representatives Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy, the latter reportedly chosen instead of the desired 2007 SuperLiga champion, as Pachuca declined and Galaxy were the Superliga runner-up.[2] The Galaxy's first game was versus Gamba Osaka.[3] while the Dynamo were drawn against Sydney FC.

All matches were played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2008 Pan-Pacific Championship
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Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
DatesFebruary 20 - February 23
Teams4 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
ChampionsJapan Gamba Osaka (1st title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored14 (3.5 per match)
Attendance76,430 (19,108 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Baré (5 Goals)
Best player(s)Brazil Baré [1]

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
February 20 – Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 
 
Japan Gamba Osaka1
 
February 23 – Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 
United States Los Angeles Galaxy0
 
Japan Gamba Osaka6
 
February 20 - Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 
United States Houston Dynamo1
 
United States Houston Dynamo3
 
 
Australia Sydney FC0
 
Third place
 
 
February 23 - Honolulu (Aloha Stadium)
 
 
United States Los Angeles Galaxy2
 
 
Australia Sydney FC1

Semifinals

Gamba Osaka Japan1 – 0United States Los Angeles Galaxy
Baré Goal 3' (report)
Houston Dynamo United States3 – 0Australia Sydney FC
De Rosario Goal 28'
Holden Goal 29'
Wondolowski Goal 43'
(report)

Third-place match

Los Angeles Galaxy United States2 – 1Australia Sydney FC
Allen Goal 3'
Tudela Goal 45'
(report) Renaud Goal 42'

Final

Gamba Osaka Japan6 – 1United States Houston Dynamo
Baré Goal 13'25'59'71'
Lucas Goal 62'
Yamazaki Goal 77'
(report) Clark Goal 10'
Pan-Pacific Championship
2008 Winners
Japan
Gamba Osaka
First title

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Baré Japan Gamba Osaka 5
2 United States Ely Allen United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1
United States Ricardo Clark United States Houston Dynamo 1
Canada Dwayne De Rosario United States Houston Dynamo 1
United States Stuart Holden United States Houston Dynamo 1
Australia Brendan Renaud Australia Sydney FC 1
Brazil Lucas Severino Japan Gamba Osaka 1
United States Josh Tudela United States Los Angeles Galaxy 1
United States Chris Wondolowski United States Houston Dynamo 1
Japan Masato Yamazaki Japan Gamba Osaka 1

Sponsors

The following is a list of the official sponsors of the Pan-Pacific Championship 2008.

References

  1. ^ Pan-Pacific Championship Archived February 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/5337357.html
  3. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | Galaxy set for Pan-Pacific test
2007 J.League Cup

The 2007 edition of the J.League Cup sponsored by Nabisco began on March 21 with reigning champions JEF United seeking to claim their 3rd successive crown. This would equal the record set by Verdy Kawasaki when the competition began in 1992. The top 4 teams of each qualifying group automatically qualified for the quarter-finals with the best two remaining runners-up. Both Kawasaki Frontale and Urawa Red Diamonds were exempt from competing in the group stage, due to their entry into the Asian Champions League. They were therefore entered into the quarter-final stage which begins in the summer.

The final was on November 3 at the Tokyo National Stadium. The winners were Gamba Osaka, beating Kawasaki Frontale in the final 1-0 to claim its first J.League Cup championship. They qualified for the 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship and the 2008 Suruga Bank Championship.

2008 Houston Dynamo season

The 2008 Houston Dynamo season was the third season of the Houston club franchise. The Houston Dynamo were the defending back-to-back MLS Cup Champions, and sought to become the first club in Major League Soccer history to win three straight MLS Cups.

The Dynamo were expected to have an even busier year than in 2007. In addition to defending their MLS Cup in MLS regular-season play, they participated in the 2008 U.S. Open Cup, the final 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup, the inaugural 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League and the 2008 North American SuperLiga, were invited to play in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship and the Texas Pro Soccer Festival 2008.

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